SOS Save Our Skins

I have been meaning to do this post for ages , actually since March! Oops!

I have just retuned from a trip to Lisbon and Porto, and have been inspired to start work again in my studio, which now houses a large cat tree/sleeping pole for Mr B and his ‘poo-pan’, Dexter’s bed and both their toy boxes and food stores and our computers!

The dining room has a bouncy chair, a pram and carrycot and various, strange- coloured ‘waist-cushions’, which would be great as hats, but Ruth assures me they are indispensable for breast feeding and seems to walk about in them all day! (Mr B has ruined our dining room chairs with scratching, and I have tried to rescue some, by stacking them in a corner with sheets over them!)

My easel is crammed into the box room along with my sewing machine and drawing board, a desk and paperstore (oh dear Dex has just found a roll of plastic bags and won’t spit them out) and my book shelves, as I can’t get them into the guest room, as baby’s cot is in there, along with a stack, ceiling- high, of breast pads, nappies, baby-gros and paraphenalia!

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Dex and Mr B have been re-united and are like long-lost friends chasing each other, with Mr B hiding under my dining room chairs, miaouwing, and then, when Dex draws near, batting him with his paw.

I can’t believe, amidst all this, that baby just sleeps and coos, and doesn’t awaken, when Dex decides to bark at my lovely hubby, doing his after-holiday, hedge-cutting tasks! I can’t believe that my daughter and husband and their ‘menagerie’, who we have helped to move about FIVE times, to different holiday-homes (Ours is the last!) ARE SO VERY RELAXED and we are still discussing books we have read, and places we have visited and of course the difference between different nappies, and reminiscing over ‘when- they- were- all- little’ stories. All this, amidst wardrobe-planning, kitchen-purchases, visits to stores, negotiating with builders and dealing with all those roller-coaster moments, prevalent in having house alterations and extensions built, like TIME-DELAYS. The photo albums have been scattered over the table, whilst we decide who looks like whom, and we have had an absolutely wonderful opportunity, once again, to be grand-parents! (we have a twenty-month old grand daughter who is scrumptious, and we were very lucky to be part of her special, new-born baby stage as well) All so very fulfilling!

I am having a lovely little spell taking on the ‘mother-role’ and climbing aboard the ‘mothership’ for a while, but, I am actually going to have to lock myself away in my box room today and get started, as once the creative ideas are flowing, I need to get back to myself (which is sometimes just an hour or so at the bottom of the garden doing my yoga, raining today, so no space in house, will have to be ‘a-pause-in-time’ next to the airing cupboard, I think. Mmmm dog asleep and cat on his pole asleep so might just have to be here and now!)

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Right, okay that was good! Wanted to tell you about DOUBLE SERUM by Clarins. I absolutely love it and I have tried other serums over my years, and this, for my skin is THE VERY BEST and I am just about to order some, as it was still quite expensive at the airport, and I ran out ages ago.

I have been using some ‘oils’ actually during these ‘gardening-months’ as my skin gets really dry in the sun. I have been using L’Occitane oil capsules and they have been brilliant for putting back some nourishment. The only thing is that these ‘oil preparations’ are a little too greasy, and I find my hair and pillow gets so oily, so I have been using half a capsule, and in the morning, on hot days only, after cleansing and wiping off any residue. The capsules all have different blends in to do different things , which I found quite a palaver. They were marked with week one to week four BUT because there was too much in each capsule, mine have lasted for weeks and weeks longer, which is a good thing, as they are really expensive. I find the oil gets around my eye area and onto my glasses and into my contact lenses so I have been using them just as a sort of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour rescue care! I find some of the L’Occitaine mechanisms, for instance, their body oils, which have a pump action, are just awful, and you spend ages trying to get the hole in the right direction and then the oil won’t come out. I still recommend my good old almond oil under the counter at pharmacy counters and I still use witch hazel, as a skin toner, and for bruises.

I can remember using capsules years ago by Elizabeth Arden, they were pink and had just the right amount. I have now noticed Elemis doing the similar capsules; getting the correct type of container is really important for oils, especially when we are travelling. Some companies use a bottle and dropper system. I am sure Lancome comes to mind from years ago, and their serum in a dark brown bottle with a dropper system BUT I have to say I am so LOVING Clarins double serum which is a pump action in a light enough bottle for me to take on my hols.

SOS used to be Save Our Sums when I taught Maths! Toodlepip! got loads of photos from Lisbon to print out, a gorgeous new baby to coo over, a dog and a cat to amuse, a lasagne to make and my box room awaits. Actually, I had a studio in Birmingham, which was only five feet square and I was making wall-hangings for hotels, which were 9 feet by six feet, so can’t see why I am having a whinge!






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